1st Edition

Plants as Medicine and Aromatics Pharmacognosy, Ecology and Conservation

    352 Pages 20 Color & 68 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    352 Pages 20 Color & 68 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Since ancient times, plants serve as a valuable source of traditional herbal medicines. Unlike modern medicines, herbal medicines have consistently demonstrated health advantages, including a lack of serious adverse side effects, long-lasting curative impacts and overall cost-effectiveness. Even today, with various modern pharmaceutical medicines commonly available, plant-based medicines and aromatics are increasingly in demand throughout the health sector globally, where they are used not only for the treatment of disease, but also, preventatively for maintaining good health.

    People are seeking alternatives to modern medical treatments turning to phytomedicine for primary health care. However, an inadvertent consequence of this increased demand for herbal medicines has resulted in medicinal plants being threatened due to their initial small population sizes, narrow distribution areas, habitat specificity, and increasingly destructive non-sustainable harvesting.

    This book critically examines and reviews the status of medicinal plants and includes several important case studies of representative plant species. It contains information on aspects concerning phytochemistry, natural products, cultivation, conservation techniques, environmental interactions, and therapeutic features of medicinal aromatic plants.


    • Evaluates plants as medicine and aromatics covering pharmacognosy and ecology of plants having therapeutic values.
    • Discusses how plants can play a role in treatment of diseases and as potential therapeutics standards for maintaining good health.
    • Presents conventional and contemporary approaches to conservation of such plants with commercial feasibility.

    1. Medicinal characterization and phytochemical constituents of selected native plants of guyana, south america: a review

    Sirpaul Jaikishun, Abdullah Adil Ansari, Denis Maldonado, Florencia Guerra, Gomathinayagam Subramanian, Rajini Kurup, Mohd Kafeel Ahmad Ansari

    2. Ex-situ Conservation of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants with InVitro Techniques

    Bengu Turkyilmaz Unal, Huseyin Turker, Munir Ozturk

    3. Conservation and sustainable management of wild medicinal and aromatic plant species

    Rajneesh Thakur and Rauoof Ahmad Rather

    4. Use of plants as medicine and aromatical by indigenous communities of morocco: pharmacognosy, ecology and conservation

    Noureddine Chaachouay, Abdelhamid Azeroual, Mohd Kafeel Ahmad Ansari, and Lahcen Zidane

    5. Medicinal and aromatic plants from sudan: traditional uses, pharmacology and phytoconstituents

    Mosa E. O. Ahmed, Abdelgadir A. Abdelgadir, and Elhadi M. Ahmed

    6. Rhus coriaria: a reviewof phytochemical and biopharmaceutical properties

    SüleymanToprak and Cemi lİşlek

    7. Isolation of bioactive compounds from medicinal plants to treat neurological disease

    Mohammed Sohail Akhtar, Shyam Sundar Arputhanantham, and Wegdan Aly Shehata

    8. Medicinal and aromatic plants against para tuberculosis

    Varsha Srivastava, Manthena Navabharath, Rabea Parveen, Shoor Vir Singh, and Sayeed Ahmad

    9. Standardization and evaluation for medicinal activities of cleome amblyocarpa barr. And murb. (cleome africana)

    Mohammad Kamil

    10. The concept and status of medicinal and aromatics plants: History, Pharmacognosy, ecology, conservation

    Mohd Kafeel Ahmad Ansari, Muhammad Iqbal, Nouruddin ChaachouayAbdullah Adil Ansari, , and Gary Owens

    11. Effect of abiotic stress on production of secondary metabolites in plants

    Monalisha Samal, Sageer Abass, Rabea Parveen, Sayeed Ahmad, and Muhammad Iqbal

    12. Opportunities and challenges in medicinal and aromatics plants in Japan

    Maiko Inoue and Shinichiro Hayashi

    13. Ecological, phytochemical and pharmacological profile of melissa officinalis l., an aromatic medicinal plant

    S. Nizamudeen, sana Nafees, and Huda Nafees

    14. Plants as biomedicine for skin diseases in pakistan

    Khafsa Malik, Mushtaq Ahmad, Zabta Khan Shinwari, Muhammad Zafar, Neelam Rashid, and Shazia Sultana

    15. Chemical characterization and biological analysis of the essential oil from Marlierea Eugeniopsoides on the coast of Paraná – BRAZIL

    Camila Confortin, Bruna Gonçalves Lopes, Ana Helena Loos Moritz, Wanderlei do Amaral, Luiz Everson da Silva, Michele Debiasi Alberton,and Deepak Chandran

    16. Production of bioactive secondary metabolites in medicinal and aromatic plants cultivated in Turkey

    Esra Koç and Belgizar Karayiğit

    17. Use of medicinal and aromatic plant metabolites in cosmetics and skin diseases

    Fatih Uckaya and Meryem Uckaya

    18. Nutraceutical perspectives of the coastal sand dune wild legume sesbania bispinosa

    Suvarna Jeppu Shreelalitha and Kandikere Ramaiah Sridhar

    19. General plant geography-formation of the aegean region and the use of aegean herbs in local cuisine and for medicinal purposes 

    Feyza Candan

    20. An evaluation of the medicinal and ecological aspects of pteridophytes in Turkiye

    Mustafa Keskin, Volkan Altay and Munir Ozturk


    Mohd Kafeel Ansari, Gary Owens